Belgium’s Middleheim Museum exhibits Ana Mendieta’s ‘earth-body’ artworks
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Belgium’s Middleheim Museum exhibits Ana Mendieta’s ‘earth-body’ artworks

Announcing the solo exhibition Ana Mendieta: Earthbound at the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, on display till September 22, 2019.

by Sukanya Garg Sep 05, 2019

The solo exhibition Ana Mendieta: Earthbound shows, for the first time in Belgium, a wider selection of works by the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta (1948–1985). Forty-three years after she performed at the ICC (Internationaal Cultureel Centrum) on April 24, 1976, Antwerp welcomed her art again. Her sculptural film works and photographs position themselves effortlessly in today’s international canon of contemporary art and are being shown for the first time ever in the context of an outdoor sculpture park, at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp. This project will act as an enlightening introduction to Mendieta’s oeuvre in Belgium.

Portrait of Ana Mendieta; copyright The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. | Earthbound | Ana Mendieta | STIR
Portrait of Ana Mendieta; copyright The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Image Credit: Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.

Earthbound showcases a selection of 14 works featuring Mendieta’s interest in the four elements - air, water, fire and earth. In the context of the sculpture collection of the Middelheim Museum, where both the artist and the visitor are always subjected to the elements, Mendieta’s artistic ideas resonate strongly with the recent developments in sculpture, installation and performance art. The project opens up perspectives on how we relate as human beings to our surrounding environment. Through a direct bodily connection with nature, Mendieta’s works seek both a means of individual self-representation and a connection to universal ancestral power. 

Ana Mendieta, Three Ring Silueta, 1977, colour photograph 13 x 20 inches (33 x 50.8 cm) (GL10794); copyright The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC.| Earthbound | Ana Mendieta | STIR
Ana Mendieta, Three Ring Silueta, 1977, colour photograph 13 x 20 inches (33 x 50.8 cm) (GL10794); copyright The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Image Credit: Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.

The exhibition offers a plurality of voices in the museum, where Mendieta’s works are being shown alongside those of present-day artists. Mendieta’s work not only persistently tests the definition of contemporary sculpture but is also inspiring for the contemporary challenges of today’s society. The framework of Bruno Latour's recent publication Facing Gaia might offer an interesting perspective for exploring the exhibited works of Mendieta. By acknowledging that nature and its elements all have agency, the artist was able to think beyond the boundaries of religion, history and identity. Similar strategies are suggested 30 years later by Bruno Latour in his proposal for realising a new climatic regime and for changing our relationship with the earth. 

Ana Mendieta, Blood and Feathers (2), 1974 colour photograph 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm) (GL6844); copyright The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. | Earthbound | Ana Mendieta | STIR
Ana Mendieta, Blood and Feathers (2), 1974 colour photograph 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm) (GL6844); copyright The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Image Credit: Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.

It is absolutely clear that Mendieta's artistic vision not only raises fundamental questions about normative social systems, but that it also represents a shift in perspective on recent sculpture traditions, from a vision determined by object oriented-sculpture, to one connected with land art and performance.

The exhibition is curated by Pieter Boons and is a collaboration with the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection & Galerie Lelong & Co. It is on display till September 22, 2019.

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Sukanya Garg

Sukanya Garg

Garg is an artist and writer with a Masters degree in Public Policy from Duke University, USA. She has been involved in research, planning and execution of gallery exhibitions and external projects in collaboration with curators. Her writing has been published in several art magazines, journals and as part of curatorial notes and catalogues, and her work has been showcased in multiple exhibitions.

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